Flyers Hold Off Sens

Published on March 2nd, 2013

by Mike del Tufo

Saturday March 2, 2013
The Philadelphia Flyers defeated the Ottawa Senators 2-1 in an afternoon game at Wells Fargo Center in Philly.  It was a tightly-contested, physical game.

This game was the Flyers’ 5th of a 5-game home-stand.  They went 3-2.

For this game, Ben Bishop started in net for the Senators and Ilya Bryzgalov for the Flyers. 

Flyers forward combinations:
Giroux-Hartnell-Voracek
Briere-Simmonds-B.Schenn
Couturier-Talbot-Gagne
Fedontenko-Rinaldo-Zolnierczyk

Flyers defensemen pairings:
Timonen-L.Schenn
Grossmann-Coburn
Gervais-Gustafsson

The game started out with the ice tilted in the Senators’ favor.  They had much more energy than the home team.  Flyers forward Harry Zolnierczyk then took a 5-minute major for charging at 9:13 of the 1st period that really put his team at a disadvantage.  They were able to kill it off though.  Sens led in shots 14 to 10 after one period.  Zolnierczyk also got a game misconduct.

The Flyers came out in the 2nd period with much more jump than they did in the 1st.  They opened the scoring when Jakub Voracek scored at 7:24.  Then Wayne Simmonds put them up 2-0 when he swooped in and scored at 11:23.  Defenseman Marc Methot got one back for the Sens when he scored at 14:11.  It was probably one Bryz should have stopped.  The Flyers recorded 22 shots in this period.

It was a scrappy 3rd period with a number of penalties being called on each squad.  The biggest was a 5-minute major and a game misconduct on Sens captain Daniel Alfredsson at 12:29.  At 14:43, the Flyers had a full two-minute 5-on-3 power-play but were unable to convert which would have sealed the win.  They still held on for the victory as the Sens had some great scoring chances in the waning minutes of the game.

On the win, Flyers captain Claude Giroux said, “Hopefully it gives us a little boost.  We want to get going here.  There aren’t a lot of games left.  It’s halfway through the season.  Tonight was a big win for us.  Ottawa has been playing very well lately so now we just have to focus on the next game.”

On reaching the .500 level, Flyers head coach Peter Laviolette said, “The most important thing is we keep winning and have a big month right now.  And I think you know it was good today and we talked about the month of March and having to put some wins together in order to move ourselves up in the standings.  So it’s that’s probably the most important thing we continue to push the month of March here.  It’s early but we had to start on the right foot today.  I think we did that.”

The Flyers’ next game is Tuesday at Madison Square Garden vs. the New York Rangers.

Jakub Voracek got the Flyers on the scoreboard | Source: Andrew King

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